The Chipmunk Chasing Champion and I arrived at this beautiful but soggy campus after a morning of rain. We were met with open arms and praise for Bogart. I like to get pictures of Bogart before we get started so I do not forget before we leave. I asked two separate students about outdoor art and both times, I was met with blank stares. One student said, “I don’t think we have any”. Bummer‼ Three days of blogs in a row without a photo of Bogart??? Not to fear, Bogart’s picture line-up today reminds me of Tennyson’s poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade… Squirrels to the right of me…Squirrels to the left of me…Squirrels in front of me… Squirrels up a tree???
So as not to step on any toes on this private campus, I struck up a conversation with a woman who looked like she knew the goings-on, at this beautiful place. This wonderful person was Amanda, Professor of Gender Studies. We had a conversation amazingly enough about how she had just been talking to her students about a need for kindness. She also talked about the apathy of people, and how we need to get involved in helping one another. She said that she could sure use a stack of stickers for her students. I sent her off with several more than what she asked for. Several people gathered around while Bogart was posing and we had a good talk about the Kindness Movement. We headed for the campus café, got some water for Bogart, and talked to many more students.
The student activities office is just across the way so we decided to see if we could get permission to use the Free Speech area on campus tomorrow. The director was there and was enthusiastic, that he waived the normal twenty-four hour waiting period for permission. One day I will carpet the floor of the bus with all of the “red carpet” being rolled out for the kindness bus tour. While packing up the bus, I met a very caring student named Kathleen. She is President of The Art and Humanities House. She was so interested and brain stormed for several minutes about the possibilities of our organizations helping each other. She too, left with a stack of stickers. Thank you Kathleen, for the sincere interest.
The Kindness Bus Tour will once again go on a small detour. On Saturday, we will head due west some fifty miles to Ohio University. We will be on that campus until Monday afternoon. We will head south through West Virginia for Virginia Tech and spend four days over the Thanksgiving weekend doing service work in that community in honor of those affected by the horrible tragedy at that campus two and a half years ago.